Jamaica's important art collection is often overlooked by tourists, but is well worth visiting. Kingston's National Gallery displays the works of Jamaica's talented artists, particularly that of Edna Manley, 19th-century sculptor and the wife of a former prime minister of Jamaica (note that the Edna Manley gallery usually showcases artists who have been inspired by her work, and does not necessarily include all her own art). Manley's acclaimed Ghetto Mother stands in the main lobby of the national gallery, along with a bronze statue by Christopher Gonzalez of reggae singer Bob Marley. Other highlights of the collection are the religious works of Mallica Reynolds, who has been hailed by art critics as a modern genius. The collection ranges from the 1920s to the present and gives the viewer some interesting insights into Jamaican history and culture. The downstairs area is used for temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection is upstairs. There is a small gift shop which sells some prints and other good gifts, but it is not always open. Visitors can get refreshments in the little coffee shop but there are also some lovely restaurants in the area. Photography is not allowed in the gallery. Entrance is free for all but donations are encouraged.
Address: Roy West Building, Kingston Mall, 12 Ocean Boulevard
Telephone: 922 1561
Opening times: Open Tuesday to Thursday from 10am to 4.30pm, Friday from 10am to 4pm, Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Guided tours are available